Tag Archives: Library Cards

British university gives gull-conquering owl ‘Yoda’ a library card

“It’s not every day you’re honoured with a library card in recognition of the work you do, especially when you’re an owl. The University of Bath, clearly recognising just how tragically under-represented our feathered friends are in the world of book-borrowing, have issued a library card to their resident seagull-scaring Eagle owl, Yoda.” (via Mashable)

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Library card denied in 1942 now is hers

“Pearl Thompson was a college student in Raleigh in 1942 when she was told she couldn’t check out a book from the public library because she was black. She was sent to the library’s basement, where she had to wait for a staff member to bring her the book she was assigned to read for a history class at Shaw University. Blacks weren’t issued library cards, so she had to stay in the basement to read it. Seventy-three years later, at age 92, Thompson finally has her library card. Thompson, who now lives in Cincinnati, entered the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh on Thursday, aided by a walker, to attend a ceremony in her honor.” (Via Dispatch.com)

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Supporting a seamless learning environment

“This week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released new data (pdf) showing that the most powerful demographic predictor of library card ownership is poverty—more than 60 percent of children living below the poverty level did not have a public library card. Impoverished children often fall behind in school as they face challenges obtaining reading materials, accessing high-speed Internet and finding reliable information online.” (via Direst Dispatch)

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Mayor’s Office proposes letting police check out library patron information

“The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board Thursday to ask for a change in the library’s policy. The request stemmed from an incident in which Metropolitan Community College police spent hours trying to identify a belli­gerent, drunk man at the South Omaha Library.” (via Omaha.com)

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Memphis pushes back over library ID voting policy

“Election officials have been making Shelby County early voters who show only a Memphis library card as their photo identification cast a provisional ballot, and an attorney for the city on Monday demanded the practice stop. Attorney George Barrett wrote in a cease and desist letter to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper that state election officials are in “defiance” of a court order, and the city of Memphis will go to court if the provisional ballot policy doesn’t stop.”

via AP

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